Top 10 Rotary Powered Vehicles

Top 10 Rotary Powered Vehicles

2. Mazda RX-7

The rotary engine is synonymous with Mazda’s RX lineup of cars and no other model had a longer run, was more successful, or garnered more fans than the RX-7. First released in 1978, nearly 1,000,000 RX-7s were produced before ceasing production in 2002, although the model left our shores long before that thanks to emission regulations.

Three generations of RX-7s were made and by the time it was discontinued, power from the twin-turbocharged 13B two rotor motor was up to a claimed 276 hp. The RX-7 was a phenomenal handling vehicle thanks to its low weight and many consider it one of the best balanced sports cars.

  • Alfie

    How many gallons of oil were burnt making this post?

  • Mike Schlee

    Three gallons and two apex seals

  • Souse

    No C111?!?

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Yeah, right after Mazda won LeMans, FIA outlawed rotary engines. They’re getting as bad as NASCAR with the rules these days…

  • Transpower

    Wow, I totally don’t remember the Aerovette….

  • Ken H

    Thank you for including the 20b cosmo.

    As an owner im Really happy to see it in an article

  • Sylvia Roche

    No Citroen!!! They made the M35 single rotor and the GS birotor, created a company called Comotor SA in 1967 to jointly develop and produce rotary engines with NSU, that deserves a mention. They also built a prototype rotary engine helicopter!

  • Just Some Kid

    The 787b was naturally aspirated. Get your facts straight before you post something on the internet that is incorrect.

  • http://www.autoguide.com Stephen Elmer

    Right you are. The story has been updated. Thanks for the comment.

  • Knows more than just some kid

    Who are you talking to?

    The post says,

    “Powering this monster was a naturally aspirated 26B four rotor engine that could 900 hp”

    Are you implying that a rotary engine is not a naturally aspirated?

  • still just some kid

    When that was originally posted it did say a turbo 26b four rotor making said power numbers. I reread it several times before posting that comment and it said turbo. Someone was wrong on the internet and no one corrected them. also based on the statement “de-tuned for reliability” instead of actually stating that the redline was lowered for the race and thus limiting horsepower, which is usually considered different from the usual de-tuning us poor civies get, but the actual running tune was most likely the same.

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